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Old 07-06-2012, 09:56 AM
 
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I will be driving from Boston area to Sarasota some time this winter and I have been checking out motel reviews for places along the way (thank you Google maps). It has me a little creeped out because of all the mentions of roaches/bed bugs/uncleaned rooms and on and on. Even the high end places seem to have the same sort of problems.

It sort of seems that the places near the city are better but it is difficult to say.

Anyone have suggestions about finding a simple clean place to stay along the way that won't leave me scratching the rest of the trip? I don't care about amenities, just cleanliness and a place to sleep.

nmurray
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:34 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Your +/- 1400 mile trip (all on I-95 as far as Daytona btw or at least the FL border)...
at somewhere between 20 and 24 hours behind the wheel should get you safely to Sarasota
by the end of the third day on the road... meaning two motel nights.

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Anyone have suggestions about finding a simple clean place to stay along the way...
Even the high end places seem to have the same sort of problems.
If you believe your second statement to be true... then NO.
There will be no satisfying you.

As it's only two nights... pick one of the better motel chains and hope for the best.
In that category I like Microtel. Plan your stop points well.
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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We do road trips all the time; motels range from ok to upper crust depending on our whim, using 'points', location to a good walkable restaurant, time to 'stop', etc.

Have not encountered bed bugs in any joint, that we are aware of...haven't brought any home, and we check.

We did 2 months last summer on a 13,000 mile Road Trip and stayed in places ranging from Marriotts and Fairmonts to the Mexican Hat 'Lodge', lmao! Never ran into any problems, never got the bugs, other than seeing a few roaches which live anywhere/everywhere.

It's a couple day trip rolling down the east coast on interstates; don't obsess or over plan it, imo.
GL, mD
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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I've been running Montreal/ Florida several times a year for 40 years now and have stayed at many hotel/motels along the way, i've yet to get a room with bed bugs, last year i spent 2 months on the road with a different motel every night,not a single bed bug on the whole trip..
i think this whole bed bug thing is made up,or at least much a do about nothing.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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> pick one of the better motel chains and hope for the best.

This is the best advice.

You can over-think it looking at reviews, because there are ALWAYS a few reviews claiming that a particular place was the most roach-ridden joint in the world...even if it's 4* and $400 a night...
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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I've always enjoyed staying at the Holiday Inn Express (the "Express" is corporate owned & kept up to corporate standards), rooms are always attractive & clean. You can always check reviews of any hotel you think you might stay at on tripadvisor.com, write the hotel name & city and add "bugs" to see if any reviews pop up with bug complaints. It's also advisable to encase your luggage in clear large plastic bags sealed tight & never throw your luggage on the bed or floor, use the luggage rack. Do you know how to check for bed bugs properly, if not go to bedbugger.com they have loads of advice, perhaps you shouldn't read the forums on that site cause it would freak you out to the point you wouldn't be willing to travel anywhere. Bed bugs are not a fluke & not something you should be ignorant about, they've cost homeowners thousands & thousands of dollars to eradicate & unfortunately sometimes they're still unsucessful, so do your homework it may save you $ as well as a whole lot of misery.
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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> pick one of the better motel chains and hope for the best.

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No, pick the cheapest place. It's just as good, if all you want is a bed to sleep in and a shower, and you'll save about $75 a night.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:56 AM
 
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I've always enjoyed staying at the Holiday Inn Express (the "Express" is corporate owned & kept up to corporate standards), rooms are always attractive & clean. You can always check reviews of any hotel you think you might stay at on tripadvisor.com, write the hotel name & city and add "bugs" to see if any reviews pop up with bug complaints. It's also advisable to encase your luggage in clear large plastic bags sealed tight & never throw your luggage on the bed or floor, use the luggage rack. Do you know how to check for bed bugs properly, if not go to bedbugger.com they have loads of advice, perhaps you shouldn't read the forums on that site cause it would freak you out to the point you wouldn't be willing to travel anywhere. Bed bugs are not a fluke & not something you should be ignorant about, they've cost homeowners thousands & thousands of dollars to eradicate & unfortunately sometimes they're still unsucessful, so do your homework it may save you $ as well as a whole lot of misery.
well said!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Smile Road trip

Stick with the big name corporate hotel chains like choice hotel, Howard Johnson or best western. real classie hotels with free breakfast. skip the motels chains and save your self the headaches
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:10 AM
 
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I like staying at the old style Motor lodge in Smithfeild NC, rooms are clean with no bugs as all the mattresses are wrapped in a plastic cover, Golden Coral across the street and best of all the motel price is only $35 a night.
Four Oaks Lodging - Motels in Smithfield, North Carolina Motels, NC Motels, I-95 Motels, Motels in Four Oaks
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